TNSrecords

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TNSrecords
Founded2008
FounderAndy Psychotronic, Tim Bevington
GenrePunk rock/Ska
Country of originU.K.
LocationManchester, England, United Kingdom
Official websiteTNSrecords


TNSrecords (also known as TNS and That's Not Skanking) is a DIY Record Label based in Manchester, United Kingdom, founded in 2008 by Revenge of the Psychotronic Man bassist/vocalist Andy Psychotronic, along with a personal friend of his, Tim Bevington. They specialise in Punk rock and Ska, though they also have included some Heavy metal acts. TNS produce a free Fanzine, arrange gigs in Manchester and run TNSradio, a podcast featuring music from their own and other, similar artists from around the world. They have organised showcase gigs in Leeds, Macclesfield, and Blackpool. They are sometimes referred to as TNS Records, but the correct name is TNSrecords.

Objectives[edit]

According to their website[1] TNS is run based on the following core principles:

  • TNS are dedicated to supporting exciting music at grass roots level.
  • We believe in the music 'scene' working together as a community making every aspect better for all, discriminating against none.
  • TNS is run on a not-for-profit basis. We generally just about cover costs, anything else funds future releases.
  • 'TNS' bands should be actively involved in supporting other bands and helping them to play in their towns, working as hard as possible to get underground music out to genuine fans.
  • TNS oppose pay-to-play gigs, music competitions and money grabbing promoters. Music should never be about competing.
  • We believe that music can be a positive force politically, socially and morally, but also that everyone involved should have lots of fun!

Roster[edit]

The following all have releases on TNSrecords:[2]

Releases[edit]

To date, TNS Records have the following releases;[2]

TNSrecords Fanzine[edit]

TNSrecords also produce a fanzine which is free, and available at various music stores, and also on-line.[3] The Fanzine features reviews of recent musical releases from the Punk rock, Ska, Hardcore, Psychobilly, and occasionally other genres, as well as articles, often of a comedy nature, and news about forthcoming gigs. That's Not Skanking fanzine originally started in 2003, in Manchester. It covered punk rock, ska and related genres. That incarnation of the fanzine lasted 18 issues, with an average run of 250 copies. However, the launch of TNSrecords resulted in the fanzine being relaunched as TNSrecords fanzine. As of Summer 2011 there have been 14 issues, which usually coincided with label releases and have a print run of around 1500. The fanzine also uses imagery of animals and has also featured comical features such as funny footballer names and human impressions of animals. Content wise it varies from covering the ridiculous, through to more political and social issues. Band wise, as well as documenting the local scene and bands from the label, interviews have also been conducted with more established acts such as Zeke, Million Dead and many more. The fanzine is currently featured in an exhibition at salford Art Gallery, curated by Salford Zine Library. The film features commentary by Andy.

TNS gigs[edit]

TNSrecords also arrange gigs.[4] These usually feature bands that play Punk rock, Ska and other similar genres. They are usually held at Retro Bar, Gulliver's, Kraak Gallery & Base Cafe in Manchester. But sometimes take place further afield, including Blackpool, Leeds, and Macclesfield.

In 2015 the first Manchester Punk Festival will be held jointly by TNSrecords, Moving North and Anarchistic Undertones.

TNSradio[edit]

In February 2009 TNSrecords launced TNSradio, a monthly podcast featuring Punk and Ska music.[5] From February 2010 the podcast became a weekly show which is broadcast on American internet radio stations Punk Rock Demonstration.[6] and Real Punk Radio.[7] Due to a lack of time TNSrecords were unable to continue with the weekly show, with the episodes stopping in the summer of 2010. The show returned in June 2011, this time on a monthly basis, as part of the Punk Britannia weekly podcast[8] which is broadcast on Punk Rock Demonstration[6] and from the Studs and Punks website.[9]

People with animal's heads[edit]

TNSrecords often use the imagery of Human Beings, with Animal's heads. Pictures such as these often appear on advertising for TNS gigs, and also appeared on the cover of the split cd released by TNSrecords featuring Revenge of the Psychotronic Man and The Fractions. They also feature prominently in the TNSrecords Fanzine. It is unclear where or when the use, by TNSrecords, of such imagery began.

Other acts that have worked with TNS Records[edit]

Early in 2008 TNSrecords released a Compilation CD featuring UK Punk and Ska acts, under the title Music By People Who Drink Cider In The Gutter. The CD received critical acclaim in the Manchester press[10] as well as some note in the rest of the U.K..[11] There has also been some notice taken of the Compilation CD Internationally.[12] Tracks were included by various bands:

In the summer of 2009 TNSrecords released their second Compilation CD featuring UK Punk and Ska acts, under the title Mainstream Music Is Shit. Tracks were included by various bands including: Disk 1

Disk 2

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